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PPM


Build a Strategic Road Map

- by Derek Stevens

Without a solid understanding of strategy at all levels of the organization, the portfolio is just a disconnected set of investments — not really a portfolio at all. By implementing and following a strategic road map, companies can link their investments to results and more fairly evaluate project contributions. Here are some guidelines and examples.

Harvesting Benefits

- by Tom Mochal

Many organizations don’t do a good job measuring the benefits of the projects within their portfolios, and many more fail to formally compare the realized benefits to the estimated benefits in the business case. The process of business realization management can help.

A PPM Sweet Spot

- by Projects@Work

Gartner’s 2010 Magic Quadrant report surveys the state of PPM in a challenging economy, evaluating 31 technology providers, naming six “leaders” and identifying two important market trends.

Balancing Projects and Applications

- by Derek Stevens

To achieve meaningful portfolio management benefits, both application and project portfolios should be considered.

Breaking New Ground

- by Janis Rizzuto

Investing in business improvements and a project portfolio management tool helped land development firm Abbey Road Group thrive despite the economic turmoil in real estate.

Across the Board PPM

- by Susan O'Connor

Organizations are always seeking greater transparency and accountability when it comes to their investments. An investment in a PPM solution to gain a unified view of all corporate projects is a good start. Here are five criteria to help organizations successfully implement and drive adoption of enterprisewide PPM.

R&D Turns to PPM

- by Janis Rizzuto

As product development organizations with constrained resources aim to make the most of their product pipelines, they are turning to project portfolio management. And PPM vendors are taking note, adding specialized capabilities to their offerings.

The PMO as PPM Enabler

- by Tom Mochal

Most PMOs are established to develop and implement common processes. Many oversee project management training as well. And lately, more PMOs are being called on to help implement formal portfolio management concepts. It makes sense.

Be Selective

- by Derek Stevens

With IT budgets level or even shrinking, it is more vital than ever to ensure that IT staff is working on the most valuable project at any given time. Properly managing demand for IT services relative to capacity enables IT organizations to deliver what’s promised, when it’s promised, enhancing their credibility with business executives and users.

Value Models for Building Consensus

- by Derek Stevens

Successful portfolio management requires sound processes for building consensus on what is important and how project results will be measured. Here are four value-based models to facilitate better decision-making.

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TOP CONTRIBUTORS

Dave Prior

Agile Consultant, LeadingAgile
Dave Prior, PMP, CST, MBA is an Agile Consultant for LeadingAgile where …

Andy Jordan

President, Roffensian Consulting Inc.
Andy Jordan is a well known author and speaker on project management and…

Bart Gerardi

Director, Software Development, Audible.com
Bart has been in ecommerce for over 20 years, and can’t imagine a …

Tushar Patel

VP of Marketing, innotas
Tushar Patel is currently Vice President of Marketing at Innotas, the le…

Kathleen O'Connor

I’m a freelance journalist and digital content strategist with 15+…

Aaron Smith

Editorial Director, ProjectsAtWork.com
Aaron has been the editor of ProjectsAtWork since 2001, leading its evol…

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